Know your benefits

November 1, 2018

Your prescription drug plan

All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. There are no waiting periods for this coverage.

October 4, 2018

Program to help defray your medical, drug and child care costs

As medical, drug and child care costs continue to spiral upward, please note that the City’s Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) Program and the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DeCAP) can help defray some of those increased costs.

Transit programs

UFT members who travel to work by public transportation can save up to 42 percent monthly by participating in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.


September 6, 2018

Dental care

The UFT Welfare Fund provides dental benefits through two programs: the Scheduled Benefit Plan, which provides services through the Welfare Fund panel or a dentist of your choice; and Dentcare, a no-cost dental HMO.


July 5, 2018

Health & Cancer Helpline; Retiree Social Services

Are you or a close family member experiencing difficulty with a medical or a personal issue? The UFT can help with information, support, guidance and social services that are free, confidential and only a phone call away.

June 7, 2018

Using the prescription drug plan this summer

As summer approaches, some of you will be heading out of town or even out of the country. Remember to take care of your maintenance prescription needs before you pack your bags. For emergencies, always carry your Express Scripts prescription ID card.

May 3, 2018

COBRA — it keeps you covered

Are you or a family member, because of a change of job or other life circumstance, going to lose your health insurance provided by the Department of Education and your UFT Welfare Fund benefits?

April 5, 2018

Special coordination of benefits

If you and your spouse or domestic partner are both in-service UFT members, you don’t have to choose one or the other’s benefits — you have the benefit of both when it comes to certain UFT Welfare Fund benefits.

March 1, 2018

Sabbatical leaves

Did you think sabbaticals were just for university professors? Think again! UFT members who are teachers may apply for a sabbatical leave to enhance their teaching skills, restore their health if they are ill or achieve state certification in a shortage area.

February 1, 2018

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation can provide valuable benefits if you are a paraprofessional, school nurse or occupational or physical therapist and have a work-related injury or occupational illness.

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